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Elizabethtown Inn closes its doors

By Erin Smith

The Elizabethtown Inn has closed its doors, according to the Inn’s owner Chris Adams. He said the insurance company had sent a list of upgrades that were simply cost prohibitive.

Adams said he checked with other insurance companies and they also were requiring him to make similar expensive upgrades. He said the requested upgrades included the installation of a costly fire alarm system and renovations to make the Elizabethtown Inn wheelchair accessible. The anticipated cost of the required upgrades was estimated to be $50,000, said Adams.

He said after doing further research, it was decided, sadly, to close the Elizabethtown Inn permanently.

“It (the Inn) was a good thing for the town,” said Adams.

The Elizabethtown Inn was opened in 2016 in the former John A. McDowell House located at 105 Cromartie Street. The Inn offered its guests lodging in an area where there are few choices for accommodations. There are hotels located at White Lake and cabins which can be rented at Lu Mil Vineyard and Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.

Adams said all of the guests who had rooms booked at the Elizabethtown Inn have been notified of its closure and refunds have been issued. He said he and his mother will be moving back into the Inn and residing there.

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